Facebook conquers death in the status update game

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The Grim Reaper: Photo: Ordo/Flickr
Your Facebook account is now safe from the Grim Reaper: Photo: Ordo/Flickr

When it comes to dying, who’s going to take over my Facebook account isn’t one of my biggest worries, but if you want to ensure that you’re killing it on social media from the grave, Facebook just rolled out a new feature that lets you give your account to someone when the Grim Reaper comes knocking.

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Today Facebook revealed that its new Legacy Contact feature will memorialize your account when you die and bestow ownership to the person of your choosing. Legacy Contacts will be able to write a post to display at the top of your memorialized Timeline, as well as respond to friend requests and update your profile photo.

If you want, you can even give your Legacy Contact permission to download your entire Facebook archive of photos, posts, and events, however they won’t be able to log in as you, or see your private messages.

For those that don’t care about having a digital Facebook monument when you die, there’s also an option to just permanently delete your account. The optional Legacy Contact feature is rolling out to U.S. users first, with expansion expected to continue throughout 2015. To learn how to choose your Legacy Contact check out this Facebook walkthrough.